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Brass World War II Compass 2.5"

Overall Dims: 2.5" L x 1" W x 2" H

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Brass World War II Compass 2.5"

The Hampton Nautical Solid Brass Military Compass is a true gem for any engineer. The compass card has the standard 0 - 360 degree scale, as well as the 0 - 64 Mil scale (one yard at 1,000 yards). The cardinal points are luminous for easy viewing in the dark, and the compass features a standard glass bezel with two lines at 45-degree angles. The bezel also rotates with detents so you can change the heading reference a known amount without looking at the compass.

The front sight has a magnifier to simultaneously view the magnetic heading when taking a sight. Folding the sight down operates a needle lift mechanism to protect the compass bearing. On the side of the compass is a needle freeze mechanism to hold a reading.

The back of the compass can be custom engraved. This is available with a minimum quantity purchase.


  • Polished brass housing for compass
  • Luminous face cardinal points glow in the dark
  • Rotating dial with detents for taking accurate bearings
  • Dual scales marked 0-360 degrees and 0-64 mils
  • Needle lift automatically operates to protect bearing
  • Lensatic sight for precise readings
  • Custom engraving available on large quantity orders (call us for information)
WARNING WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Formaldehyde, and Styrene, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer, and Chromium and Toluene, which are known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

Additional Information

In the early years of the 13th century indisputable evidence suggests that hand compasses were being commonly used throughout the European world. It is around this turn of the century that European dry hand compasses were created using a pivoting directional needle atop a pin, encased in a glass-topped cover; a design which has become the standard. At the same time the first antique nautical compass rose appeared, featuring the 32 points around the cardinal directions, as well as the Fleur-de-lis marking North and the cross marking East. By the second half of the 13th century the hand compass was used throughout Europe, and especially the Mediterranean, where previously winter weather permitted sailing only during certain months. With this, trade between the Mediterranean and Atlantic European countries increased dramatically, and direct voyages from the Mediterranean to the English Channel began. Also during this time, the small brass compass lead to the creation of the first Portolan Charts; maps with realistic depictions of vast coastlines that were guarded as national treasures in Italy, Portugal, and Spain.